American Psycho
American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders, and dismembers both strangers and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
69%
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User Score
85%



Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

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Trace Thurman
Horror Queers Podcast

Expertly made and does what it's trying to do very well, but I just can't fully connect with this one.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for a performance so rooted in bloody banality. I mean, as Patrick, Bale's most emotionally pressing dilemma is: Chainsaw or butcher knife?

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

A.S. Hamrah
The Baffler

American Psycho directly addresses the horror of capitalism, in which other people are just props for the fantasies of men who get wealthier by the second.

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David Edelstein
Slate

American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?

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David Ansen
Newsweek

Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

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PJ Nabarro
Patrick Nabarro

The idea that this is all a fantasy inside Bateman's head is brilliantly realised in his growing realisation that he's been able to get away with all of this in plain sight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I rewatched this for the first time in a long time . . . and I have to say WOW. Christian Bale is just crazy good in this film.
Kevin M. Williams
It's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada. Everything. Even what people say. Especially what people say. The banality of the… More
Dean King
A brilliant horror film that has more than its fair share of dark humour. A yuppie loses the plot and ends up killing people off...in between facial packs,… More
Carlos Magalhães
Christian Bale couldn't have possibly been more perfect as the narcissistic and deranged yuppie Patrick Bateman in this hilariously sharp commentary on… More
Spencer Macklin
Put on a show, Christian.
Eugene Bernabe
Nostalgic & darkly, American Psycho blends its humor with horror well. This adaptation, led by Christian Bale, makes its obvious reference to the 1980s… More